The United States is seeing a disturbing trend of new mothers doing the unspeakable with their newborn children this year.
A high school teen in Chicago is sadly following suite after she is being charged with first-degree murder after she left her newborn baby outside in a plastic Walmart bag, reportedly because she feared being dumped by her new boyfriend who wasn’t the father.
Prosecutors said Ana Rosa Mora, who faces a first-degree murder charge, killed her baby out of fear her boyfriend would leave her. The teen then concocted a story intended to dupe those who knew she was pregnant, officials said.
By the time a construction worker called police a few hours later after spotting the infant in the Northwest Side gangway, the child was dead.
When two staff members at Kelvyn Park High School noticed on Monday that she’d recently given birth, Mora showed them a photo of a baby girl on her iPad and said it was hers, Assistant State’s Attorney Glen Runk said.
But Mora then brought up the dead baby found near her home and asked the school officials whether police had the right to take DNA from people in her house and whether that DNA would show who the child’s mother was, prosecutors said.
After initially denying that the child was hers, Runk said Mora admitted to police that she gave birth to the boy alive and then placed him in the gangway next to her home in the 2700 block of North Hamlin Avenue. Prosecutors said that Mora told police the baby looked like her ex-boyfriend, who was in fact the father, and that she was afraid her current boyfriend would realize that and leave her.
In bond court Saturday, Judge Laura Marie Sullivan ordered the teen held on $500,000 bail. Mora’s public defender said she was on track to graduate from Kelvyn Park in June and had planned to attend college this fall.
This is one of the sad realities when babies have babies.
Photo: Chicago Police Department